Music Notes for June 9, 2024

Hymn of the Day: Rise, shine, you people! Christ the Lord has entered ELW 665
Text: Ronald A. Klug, 1939, alt.
Tune: WOJTKIEWIECZ, Dale Wood, 1934-2003

Starting with this text from Isaiah 60:1: “Arise, shine for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you,” Ronald A. Klug wrote this text originally purposed for the Epiphany season. Thankfully it has come to embrace an even wider purpose to “hurl your songs and prayers against the darkness.”

In addition to consulting, conducting and writing articles, Dale Wood composed over 300 musical compositions, from hymn tunes to a music drama with orchestra. When he wrote the tune for Klug’s text he gave it his family name, Wojtkiewiecz, which was simplified when the family came to the United States.